Perhaps you’re familiar with the children’s song, Oh Be Careful Little Eyes. One of the verses to that song goes, “Oh be careful little hands what you do. Oh be careful little hands what you do. For the Father up above, is looking down in love. So be careful little hands what you do.” Today we join the younger Moses, though certainly not a young man, (vs 11) for a lesson in obedience. In this account, Moses spies an Egyptian smiting one of his Hebrew brethren. He becomes enraged! Though we don’t know all the details surrounding the event taking place, we do see the threefold response of Moses that says a great deal.
1. He looks around to make sure that no one is watching. vs 12
2. He kills the Egyptian. vs 12
3. He hides the body of his victim in the sand. vs 12
When his deeds are uncovered, Moses flees. Sounds a lot like the typical, “hand in the cookie jar” scenario. What if Moses had acted more like Joseph in the face of his oppressors? What if he had been faithful from the beginning, trusting God to bring vengeance upon those afflicting his brethren. We know that in more than one instance during his life, Moses forgot that God was always watching him. Later on, when he was commanded by the Lord to speak unto the rock, He disobediently struck it in his anger. On both occasions, Moses was driven away from the Lord, figuratively speaking.
It helps a great deal to remember that, “the eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.” God is always watching. There is no injustice that escapes the eyes of Him with whom we have to do. Will not the Judge of all the earth do right? Certainly. He always will without question. But be sure that if you look left and right, commit acts of wickedness with your hands, and then try to “bury” the issue where no one can see, be sure that your sin will find you out. “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper. But whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.”